• About University of Madras

    The Public Petition dated 11-11-1839 initiated the establishment of Madras University. It was in January 1840 with Mr.George Norton as its President, that the University Board was constituted. In 1854 after a lapse of 14 years, the Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an Act of Legislative Council of India, the University was established. The University was organised in the model of London University.

    Madras University is the mother of almost all the old Universities of south India. The University area of jurisdiction has been confined to three districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. This is consequent to establishment of various universities in the State and demarcation of the University territories. This University has been growing from strength to strength while widening its teaching and research activities.

    The Organisational structure of Madras University encompasses :

    The Senate
    The Syndicate
    The Academic Council
    The Faculties
    The Finance Committee
    The Boards of Studies
    His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu is the Chancellor of the University

    The Vice-Chancellor who is appointed for a term is the Principal Executive Officer. The Registrar of the University, who is the Secretary of the Syndicate, is the custodian of all the records and Chief Administrator of the university. Yet another function, the examinations of the University, is managed by Office of the Controller of Examinations.

    The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education through the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the districts of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology shpae the academic tenor of the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University concentrate on research activities offeringe Ph.D., Programmes in their respective field of specialisation.

    The University also offers teaching and research programmes in its four campuses. The 68 University Departments of study and research are spread over four campuses organised into 18 Schools each of which offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation, part time and full time Ph.D. Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes.

    Assessing the need for educating a large number of people in the country, the University offers both Under Graduate and Post Graduate programmes through the Institute of Distance Education. The Institute is popularly called IDE of Madras University. Some of the courses offered by IDE has no parallel in this country to name a few,

    M.A. Vaishnavism
    M.A. Christian Studies
    M.C.A. and M.B.A.are well designed professional training courses for aspiring graduates.

    The University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the five star rating first, and later with an A rating. The UGC has recognised the University as one of the centres for "potential for excellence" in the country.

Why University of Madras

  • The University of Madras has at present 68 departments of study and research which spread over four campuses at Chepauk,Marina, Guindy, and Taramani in Chennai. Sports and Madh
  • Currently Post-Graduate Courses like, M.A., M.Sc., M.Com., M.C.A.,M.B.A., besides P.G. Diploma / Certificate Programmes, Research Programmes like M.Phil., and Ph.D., and sponsored Research Programmes (from UGC, CSIR, DST, Etc.,) are available in the various University Departments
  • The Centre for Curriculum Development in theUniversity is responsible to develop new inter-disciplinary and socially relevant courses and to frame suitable schemes and to formulate the required syllabi.
  • 'The University of Madras has 48 Endowment -Fellowship/Scholarships, 106 Endowment Lecture. ship Seminars and 151 Endowment - Medals and Prizes.
  • The Academic Staff College implements Programmes for Academic Orientation and Refresher Courses to teaching staff of the Affiliated Colleges on a regular basis since 1988.
  • The University Students Advisory Bureau was established by the Government of Madras in 1908. The Bureau has its main function as supplying information about various courses available in India and guiding the students for admission to various courses abroad
  • The College Development Council which was established in the University during 1979 assists the Affiliated Colleges in getting various funds, particularly from UGC under Plan and Non-Plan I grants, for the academic development of the Colleges
  • The National Service Scheme (NSS) started in 1969 in this University with a strength of 2000 student members and at present NSS has been operating in over 110 Affiliated Colleges
  • Seven Private Colleges were affiliated to. University of Madras during 1858 - 1871. During this Academic Year the University of Madras has 115 Affiliated Colleges viz. Arts and Science -95 Management - 13 Education -6, Physical Education - 1. Besides there are 33 Research Institutions and 3 Approved O. T. Institutions.Many of the Arts and Science Colleges have Evening Classes also to cater to the demands of the working students
  • Twelve Arts and Science, and Education Institutions are conferred with Autonomous Status
  • Over 30 Affiliated Colleges, conduct Research Programmes leading to the award of M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees as part of their endeavour in sustaining academic excellence. Twentyfour colleges have introduced Vocational Education Schemes of UGC at first degree level. A few of the Affiliated colleges are effectively engaged in Continuous Education Programme. About 1.5 lakhs of students are on roll in various departments and Affiliated College
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